"RT, previously known as Russia Today, is a global multilingual television news network based in Russia and funded by the Russian government. RT was the first all-digital Russian TV network. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to CCTV-4, DW-TV, France 24 and NHK World, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world.The network, which cost about $30 million in 2005 to set up and $60 million for its first year of operation, started broadcasting on Dec. 10, 2005 with nearly 100 English-speaking journalists reporting for it worldwide. RT broadcasts from its headquarters in Moscow and its studio in Washington, DC. It also has bureaus in Miami, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Delhi and Tel Aviv. RT is available in over 100 countries spread over five continents via cable, satellite, and online streaming free from the RT website. There are brief commercials, usually 15 seconds each totaling no more than four minutes per hour and scheduled two blocks per hour of one to three minutes each promoting the network. In addition to the Moscow-based flagship RT English-language broadcast, RT also runs RT Arabic (the Arabic-language service), RT America (featuring news and programming oriented to viewers in the United States), and Actualidad RT in Spanish. RT shows round the clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, and debates, as well as sports news and cultural programs on Russia."
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